Technology Push, Demand Pull and the Shaping of Technological Paradigms - Patterns in the Development of Computing Technology
26 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2003
Date Written: 22 2002, 10
An assumption generally subscribed in evolutionary economics is thatnew technological paradigms arise from advances is science anddevelopments in technological knowledge. Demand only influences theselection among competing paradigms, and the course the paradigm afterits inception. In this paper we argue that this view needs to beadapted. We demonstrate that in the history of computing technology inthe 20th century a distinction can be made between periods in whicheither demand or knowledge development was the dominant enabler ofinnovation. In the demand enabled periods new technological (sub-)paradigms in computing technology have emerged as well.
Keywords: enablers of innovation, technological paradigms, history of computing
JEL Classification: M, M10, L2, L96, O33
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